workshops

wr jambo forest

sewing circle at Wild Rumpus Jamboree, 2017

image: Kelly Ryan Photography ©

 

     women stitched into

     forest like stars into night

     she makes pinholes in cloth

     they follow light

     sewn sturdy

 

     - Lizz Murphy, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2018

Soft Drawing and Shibori workshops

 

Clifton School of Arts, Scarborough : 2nd - 4th November

Two workshops over three days

 

 

Fri 2nd:                   Shibori and bundle dyeing

 

Begin the day with bundle dyeing using natural materials. It is a simple and rewarding technique, and incorporates organic materials, flowers, fruit, leaves and more.

The remainder will be spent on Shibori, the Japanese art of resist-dyeing. It is a magical process and produces exquisite soft edged patterns. Learn a range of techniques that include folding, pleating, knotting, binding and stitching.

 

shibori samples                 spring flats

 

 

 Sat 3rd & Sun 4th:  Soft Drawing - cloth and thread

 

Working with thread, stitch and upcycled materials to approach ‘soft’ drawing, this two-day workshop will focus on basic hand stitching and assemblage techniques.

Beginning with simple design and drawing exercises, we will plot out ideas and beginnings for your project. Then we will shift away from traditional drawing to explore experimental ways to make marks and construct shapes with cloth and thread.

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. These workshops have limited numbers that allow plenty of opportunity for individual attention and ongoing conversations over the two days.

The beautiful Clifton School of Arts provides a perfect space for making work, exchanging ideas and relaxed conversation.

Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental, with a focus on looseness and imperfections through the hand-made, rather than precision and refinement. It is also a two day course.

 

 

Venue:             Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton 2515

 

The workshops are planned so that you might just attend one day for the Shibori and dyeing on Fri 2nd), or for the weekend of Soft Drawing (Sat 3rd Sun 4th) or take all three days for your creative practice.

 

For cost, registration and enquiries, please contact Michele on 0414 494 559 or info@micheleelliot.com

A materials list will be sent once your place is confirmed.

 

You can also download the flyer here Soft Drawing and Shibori

 

 

image: artist's shibori samples; spring collection, 2017-18 (detail), gifted clothing, cotton thread, mapping pins

 

 

 

 

Apr 2018

Creative Mending with Wild Rumpus

 

   

 

Some of my favourite classes are right here in our community with the fabulous Wild Rumpus folk.

I'm teaching a Saturday morning session on visible mending, so come along with your loved and holey clothes. We will embellish them with stitches and patches and care. Its easy and fun.

Here's the link for more info, and while you're there take a look at what else is happening at Wild Rumpus!

 

Creative Mending class

 

Sat 7th April

10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Austinmer Scout Hall

 

 

 

 

Mar 2018

Soft Drawing : Cloth and Thread

 

soft drawing crumblin

 

Clifton School of Arts, Scarborough : Sat 24th and Sun 25th March


Working with thread and stitch to create a ‘soft’ drawing, this two-day workshop will focus on basic hand stitching and experimental embroidery techniques combined with simple design and compositional exercises. Using cloth instead of paper, we will test out patterns and shapes, textures and layers with different hand-stitch applications. We will experiment and combine these techniques and discover ways to use thread for mark making.

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Michele’s workshops have limited numbers, as she allows plenty of opportunity for individual attention and ongoing conversations over the two days. The beautiful Clifton School of Arts provides a perfect space for making work, exchanging ideas and relaxed conversation.

It is a little more experimental than Fragments, and brings in some fun drawing. Beginners ... don't worry when I say 'drawing' ... its just a way to get some basic shapes going. For those who have an art or textile practice, this can open up ways to work through that dreaded mental block or give you some playful time without any pressure on outcomes.


Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike. The workshop processes are open and experimental, with a focus on looseness and imperfections through the hand-made, rather than precision and refinement.

 

Dates:             Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March  (10.00 am - 4.30 pm)                                                       

Venue:             Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton 2515

 

For registration and enquiries, please contact Michele on 0414 494 559 or info@micheleelliot.com

 

 

You can download the flyer here:

Soft Drawing March 2018

 


A materials list will be sent out once your place is confirmed.

 

image: Sharon Crumblin, artwork details, 2017 at NAS Winter School

 

 

 

 

Sept 17

Stitching workshops for Wild Rumpus 

 

 

Saturday 2nd Sept : Embroidery basics

Saturday 16th Sept : Kantha slow stitch

Wild Rumpus, based in the Illawarra, have a fantastic range of skill sharing classes. I really enjoy being part of their program to bring new experiences to the community and sharing my love of slow stitch, embroidery and textiles. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I also recommend browsing through their classes on offer. There's a lot to learn and a lot of fun to be had.

 

Click here for details and bookings:

Saturday 2nd September   Embroidery basics

Saturday 16th September  Kantha slow stitch

 

 

 

 

June 17

Workshops in Western Australia:

Fragments and thread

 

 

velvet
 

 

Leederville: Sat 10th and Sun 11th June 

Fremantle: Sat 17th and Sun 18th June

 

Fragments and Thread is a two-day workshop in experimental textiles and ‘slow stitching’. Using simple hand-stitch and recycled fabrics, I will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples (kantha – a straight running stitch - is a traditional technique used for embroidery and quilting).

 

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of time for individual needs and personalised attention, as well as ongoing conversations over the two days.

 

These workshops provides a quiet space for making work and exchanging ideas.

 


My own artworks often take the form of large-scale drawings and installations. Comprised of individual components, threads, stitches, pins etc, they can take many hours or sometimes weeks and months to complete. However, the ideas for projects emerge from an engagement with material research on a small scale in her studio, with fragments and samples. This is integral to my practice and informs my approach to the workshops.



Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike.

 

You can download the flyers here:

 

Leederville workshop flyer : June 2017

 

Fremantle workshop flyer : June 2017

 


For any enquiries and registration, please contact me: 

info@micheleelliot.com

 

 

 

May 17

Kantha stitch workshop, Austinmer

 

I'm really pleased to be running this lovely afternoon slow stitch sampler so close to home. It is part of Wild Rumpus' fantastic Skill Sharing program. A great way to get a feel for this simple stitch technique.

 

 

 

Saturday 13th May : Austinmer Scout Hall  12-3pm

Here's the link and all the information for you.

Wild Rumpus Kantha Stitch workshop

 

 

May 17

Bowral workshop: Fragments and thread

 

kantha sample 1

 

 

Bowral and Districts Art Society, 1 Short Street, Bowral

Sat 6th and Sun 7th May     9.00 am - 4.00 pm

 

Fragments and Thread is a two-day workshop in experimental textiles and ‘slow stitching’. Using simple hand-stitch and recycled fabrics, artist Michele Elliot will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples (kantha – a straight running stitch - is a traditional technique used for embroidery and quilting).

 

Take some time out to learn a new skill, reconnect with your practice through experimentation or begin a new project. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of time for individual needs and personalised attention, as well as ongoing conversations over the two days.

 

The BDAS workshop provides a quiet space for making work and exchanging ideas.

 


Michele’s own artworks often take the form of large-scale drawings and installations. Comprised of individual components, threads, stitches, pins etc, they can take many hours or sometimes weeks and months to complete. However, the ideas for her projects emerge from her engagement with material research on a small scale in her studio, with fragments and samples. This is integral to her practice and informs her approach to these workshops.



Please note that this workshop is suitable for all levels, beginners and experienced alike.

 


For enquiries and registration:

 


 

 Nov 16      

Fragments and thread : a textile workshop

   

'lumen' 2011

 

Clifton School of Arts, 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton NSW 2515

Sat 19 and Sun 20 November      10.00 am - 4.30 pm